Degrees, certificates and gratitude at Colorado Mountian College graduation |

Degrees, certificates and gratitude at Colorado Mountian College graduation

GED graduate Maria Rosario is ecstatic with her new general equivalency diploma. West Garfield Trustee Mary Ellen Denomy, at right, was among those who participated in the Rifle campus’ graduation exercises on Friday, May 2.
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The Friday, May 2, commencement exercises at Colorado Mountain College’s campus in Rifle saw 32 students earn associate degrees, 60 receive GED certificates and 39 secure certificates of occupational proficiency. Several graduates earned more than one certificate and four students received both degrees and certificates.

Following a welcome and introduction by Nancy Genova, vice president for CMC’s Rifle campus, full-time campus Faculty of the Year Dr. Bob Von Achen delivered a commencement address focused on the theme of gratitude. In it, he encouraged students to give thanks for the gifts in their lives, to become sources of encouragement (for themselves and others) and to remember that long-term happiness and success depend on connecting and engaging positively with other people.

As the degrees and certificates were awarded, each graduate was offered an opportunity to speak to the crowd gathered in the Clough Auditorium. A dozen or so students took turns at the microphone. Most spent their moments in the spotlight thanking the people who had helped to them get there.

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